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Firefighting Tactics: A New and Improved Tactical Decision Making Model, Part 1

By Richard Mueller In my previous series of articles (“Tragedies of Strategy” and “Are You Four or Against Strategy?”), I examined some travesties and unintended (but too often felt) consequences of using an aggressive offensive attack as our primary decision making process and described the benefits of using an alternative four-step approach to strategy. I defined, prioritized, and connected a defensive, transitional, marginal, and offensive strategy to examine an attainable and honest risk management plan; a no-cost solution to reducing firefighter deaths, damage, and disease rates. In this next series, I turn this thinking (strategy) into actions, or tactics. Just like the strategic pr...

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